Goodbye Obamacare

Anika Lee '18, Staff Writer

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Bernie Sanders — the common man, the lovable grandpa, the hero against the evil capitalist pigs — truly epitomized justice when he charged, slam poetry style, during Tom Price’s Senate confirmation that America is not a compassionate society.

Never mind the fact that in 2014, people privately donated $358 billion to churches and to charities; never mind the fact that nearly nine in ten Americans had a standard of living above the global middle-income standard; never mind the fact that America is the most charitable country in the world, with the greedy top 1% contributing a third of all donations.

America can’t possibly be a compassionate society — not when health care isn’t a universal right. In order for America to transform itself into a compassionate country, we need universal health care. If you’re wondering how we can start, Obama has already paved the way with his Affordable Care Act. Look at all these successes:

Success #1: Americans aren’t happy with it! In a survey conducted by NPR and Harvard University reported February 2016,

  • 25% of individuals said it “directly hurt” them while 15 percent said it “directly helped.”
  • 45% had higher premiums, while only 4% had lower premiums.
  • 35% reported higher co-pays and deductibles, while only 4% said their co-pays and deductible were lower.

Some did gain benefits, but it’s clear that the harms outweigh the benefits. The Obama administration themselves admitted that Premium costs would rise 25% in 39 states and 50% in other states. (Here’s how high prices will rise in 2017.)

Success #2: There is a lack of insurance under ObamaCare. Seven states only have ONE insurer providing insurance through Obamacare; other insurers have left the program due to financial unsustainability. The single company has no competition and excessive demand, which is why prices are rising. So… higher prices and less choice?!? How great are we, exactly?

Success #3: Cooperating businesses shut down. Obamacare’s poor preparations led to co-ops redistributing wealth from healthy customers to poor, costly customers. Only 4 of the initial 24 co-ops are still standing. That’s 2 billion taxpayer dollars wasted because the businesses shut down. Definitely the model of a succeeding program.

Success #4: The number of uninsured Americans will increase. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts that from 2017 to 2026, the number of uninsured Americans will rise from 26 million to 28 million under Obamacare. #Goals.

Success #5: America’s debt will rise. The National Interest reports that “the single fastest-growing sector of federal spending is healthcare.” The increasing cost of healthcare will cause a trillion dollar deficit in 7 years, as the Americans for Tax Reform indicates.

Success #6: Obamacare illegally paid off insurers. Townhall’s Guy Benson explains:

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) along with the Congressional Research Service (CRS) found that the Obama administration sent taxpayer money intended for the US Treasury to insurers to hide their losses. The GAO and CRS, both nonpartisan groups, uncovered this illegal action. As expected, the lovely Obama administration chose to only think with their hearts! <3

Putting my sarcasm away, Obamacare clearly isn’t working. Whether that means adjusting it or replacing it with a new system entirely, something must be done. All in all, regardless of our political parties, we should not be satisfied with half-baked policies like Obamacare. When politicians blackmail you into thinking that you can only choose what a bad policy they present, that it’s their choice or no choice, that that is the best they can do, reject it and tell them to do better. We are the consumer, we are the people, and we decide what the options are.

 

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Goodbye Obamacare